AT A GLANCE: ASTON MARTIN DBS

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 December, 2007, 12:00am
 

What drives it? A 48-valve, 5,935cc V12, front-mid mounted engine, with rear-wheel drive, a rear-mid mounted, six-speed manual gearbox; Servotronic speed-sensitive power-assisted steering with adaptive damping on double-wishbone suspension and 8.5-inch-by-20-inch Pirelli P Zero 245/35 on the front and 11-by-20-inch Pirelli P Zero 295/30 on the back.

How fast is it? Vrooms 380kW (510 brake horsepower) at 6500rpm, with 570Nm of torque at 5,750rpm, promising 100km/h in 4.3 seconds and tops at 302km/h.

How safe is it? There are ventilated carbon ceramic discs (front 398mm/rear 360mm), dynamic stability control with track mode, anti-lock braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution, emergency brake assist and traction control.

How thirsty is it? Drinks 24.2 litres per 100km on a 78-litre tank in town, according to Britain's Daily Telegraph.

How clean is it? Hold you nose, for the Bond car spews 388g/km of CO2, the fug equivalent of 3.2 Smart ForTwos.

Will it fit in my stocking? 4.721m (long) x 2.06m (wide, including mirrors) x 1.28mm. Wheelbase 2.74mm. Weight 1695kg, 80kg lighter than the 2+2 DB9, Times Online says.

Availability: Due in April, says the dealer, Aston Martin HK/MF Jebsen Automotive (tel: 2366 2017). Price: HK$4.3 million.

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